Millenia-old ruins, turquoise oceans, uncrowded beaches, medieval castles, fresh seafood . . . Albania has it all, plus more. Not only is it home to exceptional beauty, vibrant culture, and friendly locals, but it's also one of Europe's most affordable travel destinations. Cozy bed and breakfasts can be found for as little as $21 per night, and you can eat like royalty for less than $10.
Tip: Although the country is famous for its incredible Italian food, be sure to try the local cuisine with meals like Fërgesë (a blend of green and red peppers, skinned tomatoes, and onions) and tavë kosi (Albanian baked lamb).